28 April 2017
The Execu|Search Group is proud to announce that we have been selected by NJBIZ as one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey for the fourth consecutive year! The award program recognizes and honors the state’s top employers who show a dedication to their employees’ professional growth and quality of life. Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in New Jersey. One part encompassed an evaluation of our workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics, while another element included an employee survey that measured employee experience. The combined scores of these two phases determined the top companies. The final rankings were revealed at the annual awards reception and ceremony on April 26th. The Execu|Search Group, which has 8 offices, including one in Bridgewater and one in Parsippany, was named the 10th Best Place to Work in New Jersey out of 30 large companies that qualified! “This is quite an accomplishment for not only our New Jersey offices, but also our firm as a whole,” says Larry Dolinko the President of the Execu|Search’s Temporary division who oversees the operations of our two New Jersey offices in Bridgewater and Parsippany. “Our employees are what make this company great! We wouldn’t have reached our level of success without their support, and it’s a pleasure to work with each and every one of them on a daily basis.” Learn more about Best Places to Work in New Jersey: http://www.njbiz.com/section/best-places-to-work-NJ
27 April 2017
With just a few weeks standing between now and the first Saturday of June, many financial services professionals are entering the final stretch in their preparation for the CFA exam. Whether you’re studying for level I or level III, it’s common to feel some degree of anxiety during this critical time. After all, the CFA—which is often considered a gold standard in the industry—has a reputation for being one of the hardest certifications to attain. In fact, it’s been estimated that only one out of five people who start the process, successfully pass all three exams and complete the additional requirements of the CFA. While that’s a lot of pressure, earning this designation can help set you up for long-term career success as it’s a testament to your hard work and mastery of your skills. But before you can reap the benefits of becoming a CFA, you first have to pass the exams—one of which will be here before you know it! Although you may have already committed nearly 300 hours to studying, these final weeks are not the time to lose focus. On the other hand, you also want to avoid burning out. Instead, the next month should be a fine balancing act between remaining productive and getting mentally ready for optimal performance on exam day. As you prepare for the exam this June, consider these final study tips: Make flash cards and carry them with you: Not only does it help to take notes as you go along, but jotting down key points on flash cards and reviewing them on your commute to work or during your lunch break can help you retain vital information throughout the final month of prep. Many financial services professionals juggle an already full schedule with their CFA preparation, so having access to notes without lugging around stacks of information can be helpful. Stick with your schedule: The best way to ensure you stay on track for your final weeks of review is to map out which sections you’ll be studying during which weeks, and how many hours you plan on dedicating to them. If you stray away from this schedule, the material will start to feel a lot more overwhelming—something that can prevent you from understanding the big picture as well as the finer points. Take practice exams and review: Make sure you schedule routine review days and practice tests as checkpoints to make sure you understand all the material. A great way to do this is to have your notes readily available when you are unclear on any question. This will help you identify areas for improvement and retain vital information along the way. However, don’t focus on your scores when doing this. These tests are meant to boost your self-confidence, so worrying about your score can be counterproductive to your overall progress. Pace yourself: Resist the temptation to increase your study hours as the exam approaches. While you may be feeling frustrated or stressed, not taking the time to rest and recharge can make matters even worse. The last thing you want to be when taking the exam is burnt out, so make the effort to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating well, and taking well-deserved breaks. Take time off work: Whether your company offers you the days or you’d need to take personal time, consider taking the 3-5 days leading up to the exam off. Balancing work responsibilities with a full study schedule can be difficult, so taking time off will allow you to focus on studying without any distractions.
26 April 2017
You may know that company culture is essential to keeping your employees satisfied, but transforming your culture may be easier said than done. It can be difficult to figure out what would actually make your employees happier and more engaged at work, especially in the long-term. While free snacks or happy hours may work for a while, company culture goes far deeper than that. To build a positive company culture that keeps the best employees satisfied, start by addressing these 5 elements:
26 April 2017
Congratulations, you’ve just accepted a job offer! While it may feel like the hard part is over, figuring out how to quit your current job can be even more challenging. After all of your time there, it can be difficult to know how to approach the conversation. Even though you may be unsure of how to resign, keep in mind that your actions in your final days will leave a lasting impression. In order to resign with dignity, follow these steps to leave on a positive note: Prepare a resignation letter While you must deliver the note in person, this letter—which should be signed by you—signals the end of your employment contract on paper. Keep in mind that this letter doesn’t need to be long-winded; simply state that you’ll be leaving the organization, when your last day will be, and end with a ‘thank you.’ Schedule a time to chat If you aren’t able to approach your boss casually, schedule a fifteen minute meeting to give them your resignation letter in-person. During this conversation, it is best to re-state your points in the letter by letting them know that you’ve received a job offer, and inform them of when your last day will be. Give ample notice While this isn’t always up to you, keep in mind that common courtesy implies that you should give at least two weeks’ notice when leaving a position. Depending on the scope of your responsibilities, you may want to consider giving 1 to 2 months’ notice instead. This is ultimately up to your new employer, but be sure to do your best to respect your current employer and create an easy transition for them. Help with a smooth transition Like most positions, you know best what your successor will need to succeed. In order to end your tenure on excellent terms, set up the next employee for success in your final weeks. While it can be easy to check out, be sure that you work to lessen the burden of your departure. By organizing your files and writing down specific instructions, you can ensure that your team will not falter when you leave. Explain how they could improve If you’re given an exit interview, be sure that you are honest about your experience at the organization. Now that you’re on your way out, remember that you could help improve the experience of the coworkers you’re leaving behind. When speaking about your own experience, try to offer solutions as to how the organization could have kept you more satisfied at work, and avoid being overly negative while you’re speaking. Say thank you Regardless of your feelings toward your employer, a simple thank you goes a long way. Whether you like them or not, this employer did hire you and pay you for your work—something that, at the very least, warrants a ‘thank you.’ Plus, you never know when you may need their help in the future. By leaving them with a lasting positive impression, you can set yourself up for greater success down the road.
25 April 2017
No matter who you are, you most likely have an online presence that can be found with a quick Google search. In today’s digital age, it is important that you exercise some control over what can appear in that Google search in order to manage your online image. Not only can it determine the first impression you make on an employer, but it also sets a tone for your personal brand on the internet. As a result, it is important that you not only learn how to keep a professional online footprint, but leave a memorable impression of who you are. To do so, start by taking these 5 steps: Consider your personal brand Whether you like it or not, the comprehensive profile pages, social media posts, and pictures that you have online tell a story about who you are and what you represent. Before beginning to finesse your online presence, pause to consider what it is you want to tell others about yourself. When doing so, ask yourself how much you want people to know about: Your professional life Your social life Your family Your hobbies Your goals in life Once you’ve decided what that brand looks like from the outside, you can begin to adjust your online presence to tell that story. Develop comprehensive profile pages After you’ve decided on your personal branding, your profile pages on various social media sites should be the first to reflect that image. In addition to removing information or photos that don’t fit your personal brand, you can add new information that tells a viewer more about the story you want to tell. For example, if you want your brand to be more professional, this might involve changing your profile photo, adding more information on your LinkedIn profile, or adding a link to your professional website. Post with integrity Now that you’ve developed your personal brand, consider how your posts reflect through the lens of your brand. This includes the types of articles you share, the photos you post, and the comments you make on other posts. Each action you take should be put through a filter of whether this helps to tell your story. For example, if you want your brand to show that you are a ‘foodie,’ this might include sharing photos of your favorite dishes as well as restaurant reviews or recipes. Create a website In addition to your social media profiles, you can create a website to act as a central point where everything about you can be found. While each social media platform serves a slightly different use, you can publish more details about you, your brand, and your goals on your very own website. Not only can you publish samples of your work, but you can even write blog posts to share more about yourself and what interests you. For people who are intrigued by your social media presence and want to learn even more about you, they can do so there. Additionally, when you have a website dedicated to yourself, this makes you more searchable online, and it shows that you are organized and driven to employers who might come upon it in a search result. Share your opinions While you might think that sharing fewer opinions online is better, sharing your opinions on the right topics can be very beneficial. When you share your thoughts on matters that are related to your personal brand, your expertise can show through, making you a thought leader and improving your brand image. Whether it’s through a personal blog, comments on an article, or a LinkedIn post, you can prove that you are knowledgeable about your passions and that people should look to you for advice.
24 April 2017
There is no secret that there are a lot of moving parts throughout the job search process. Crafting resumes, practicing your pitch, or planning questions and answers for your interviewer are just a few things you are responsible for. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be easy to overlook ‘small’ things that can impact your candidacy as a whole. As a result, certain job rejections can be puzzling—especially when you’re not sure what went wrong. To ensure you’re aware of what not to do, here are 10 reasons why you might not have been hired: You gave a bad first impression It’s no surprise that first impressions mean a lot during the interview process. Although your actual interview might have gone well, the little things you did might come back to haunt you. For example, you arrived five minutes late, your attire wasn’t entirely professional, or you were fidgety. Here are some other ways to make a poor first impression. You didn’t follow directions “Please send your resume in a pdf format.” “Please bring at least 5 copies of your resume to the interview.” These are examples of typical requests a hiring manager might have throughout the interview process. However, if you chose to send your resume as a ‘doc’ or forgot their specific request, this will speak to a lack of attention to detail—a quality that employers typically expect in new hires. You were unprepared You should always be putting your best foot forward when entering an interview. Therefore, regardless of what stage of the interview process you are in, not preparing answers to common interview questions, or thoughtful questions for your interviewer can be an immediate deal breaker. You lied about something Lying about anything throughout the interview process never ends well for the candidate, as employers have a variety of ways to fact-check and verify the things you’ve said. For starters, avoid lying about your education, experience, or personal references. You weren’t a good cultural fit Keep in mind, “fit” plays a major role when employers evaluate whether they want to hire certain candidates. Whether you prefer working in a certain type of environment, or working with a particular management style, if your prospective employer practices the opposite, this could be the making for a poor cultural fit down the road. You were too casual or overconfident If your interview seems to be going well, it can be tempting to let your guard down and start building a friendlier rapport with your interviewer. However, becoming too casual by using slang words or making jokes may subsequently depict you as an overly confident candidate. As a result, it makes you sound as if you’re playing around and not taking the role seriously. You have an unprofessional online presence While social media accounts serve as a great way for you to express your ideas and opinions, without given the proper context, some things can be misconstrued and work against you throughout the interview process. Therefore, if a quick Google search reveals that your online presence might be an issue; this is easy grounds for a hiring manager to move on with another candidate. You didn’t send a ‘thank you’ note or follow up Whether you have gone through a first-round phone screen, or have made it to the final interview stage, writing a thank you note to the hiring manager is more than a best practice; it’s a move that conveys your respect for your interviewer’s time, demonstrates your interest in the role, and keeps you top of mind during the decision making process. Failing to send a thank you note will be viewed as a major red flag to a prospective employer. Remember, if a recruiter has coordinated your interview for you, they will most likely facilitate all of the conversations outlining next steps. You didn’t sell yourself well enough All too often, exceptional candidates miss out on great opportunities because they don’t use their interview time strategically enough to sell their skills and experience. Instead of rehashing the skills and experience already listed on your resume, clearly articulate what about your background specifically makes you the best candidate. You didn’t connect with the hiring manager At the end of the day, the connection you share with your interviewer will play a major role in their decision to hire you or not. Although you might be qualified, have stellar credentials, and were enthusiastic throughout the interview, if the chemistry isn’t there, there’s not much you can control about this.
20 April 2017
The Execu|Search Group is hosting an open house at our Melville, NY office on Wednesday, April 26th for Customer Service Representatives! We have several openings with organizations across Nassau and Suffolk counties that are seeking Customer Service professionals to assist in their call centers. Representatives will be responsible for providing excellent professional service and addressing customer concerns on the phone and via email. At least two years of inbound and outbound call center experience is ideal, but not required. At the open house, you will meet one-on-one with our staffing managers to explore these positions in further detail. Day and night shifts are both available, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to make new connections and take the next step in your career! You can stop in on 4/26, any time between 9am and 3pm, at our Long Island office. Our address is 538 Broadhollow Road, Suite 205, Melville, NY 11747. If you are interested in attending, please send your resume to Daniel Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line: Melville Customer Service Open House.
20 April 2017
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19 April 2017
Job searching can be an arduous process. Between updating your resume, searching the web for the latest jobs, and submitting applications, there’s a lot of work involved. That’s why there is nothing more frustrating than finding out that a job has been filled before you even had the chance to interview. This is especially true if you are experiencing this time and time again. While there are certain factors that are out of your control, you do want to ensure that any radio silence isn’t due to a mistake on your part. After all, you can’t fix what you don’t know is broken! This isn’t a guarantee that you’ll receive a call back from an employer, but sometimes a minor edit or change in strategy can make all the difference. To determine whether you’re holding yourself back from landing interviews, consider the following questions: Are you proofreading your application materials? Even the most scrupulous professionals can miss a typo—especially when continuously rearranging content to match job listings. This seemingly minor oversight can raise some red flags about your attention to detail, which is a skill that is required for success in any type of position. Therefore, it’s important to always give your resume and cover letter a final review before pressing send. Are you being strategic? When submitting applications, it can be tempting to cast a wide net in the hopes of maximizing your prospects. However, this typically does more harm than good. Prioritizing quantity over quality may lead you to apply to jobs that you’re either not the right fit for, or worse, you’d never consider taking. To ensure you don’t make this mistake, thoroughly review each job description to determine whether the position aligns with your career goals. Following this strategy also means that you’d be a better fit for each company you apply to, and as a result, actually increases your chances of landing an interview. Do you follow up? In today’s digital age, it’s easy to apply to a job and forget about it until you hear (or don’t hear) back. The only problem? While you busy yourself with different applications, new resumes are piling up on the hiring manager’s desk. To help them find your resume before it’s too late, it’s acceptable to send the recruiter or hiring manager a quick email or LinkedIn message to follow up. The note should be a brief paragraph that mentions the position you applied for, explains why you feel you’re a good fit, and asks for the opportunity to interview. To ensure you are respectful of the employer’s time, remember, that one email or message is enough. If you don’t get a response, it’s best to move on. Have you been networking? If you’ve been keeping your job search a secret, you might want to rethink your approach. Though the internet can be a great resource for opportunities, solely relying on the web as a job search tool can potentially limit your options. Since not all jobs are published online (and the ones that are can receive hundreds of applications for a single posting), networking should be a key part of your strategy.